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VIVEC; the warrior-poet

→ “Vivec, or Vehk, Warrior-Poet deity of the Dunmer and “vi” in the Almsivi, was the Guardian God-King of the holy land of Vvardenfell, and ever-vigilant protector from the dark gods of the Red Mountain, the gate to hell. Though some aspects of his past are blurred by time and questions surround some of his more controversial choices, Vivec has always represented the spirit and duality of the Dunmer people, which is reflected in his half-Dunmer, half-Chimer appearance. For hundreds if not thousands of years, he mostly resided at the pinnacle of his Palace in Vivec, his capital, which was visited by hundreds of pilgrims and tourists daily.”

Elder Scrolls: A Summary
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  • Skyrim: Help! You, the one we tried to behead for no reason, you are a Dragonborn! So yeah, only you can stop Alduin, fabled dragon, world eater, from destroying Tamriel. Just try and avoid that civil war happening too. Have fun!
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  • Hearthfire: Help! I need a new Thane, and you need a house! Also, adopt some children... have fun!
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36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 11:
“The splendor of stars is Ayem’s domain. The selfishness of the sea is Seht’s. I rule the middle air”.

36 Уроков Вивека, Проповедь 11:

“Величие звёзд — царство Айем. Себялюбие моря принадлежит Сехту. Я правлю воздухом посредине.”

Мне нравится эта цитата, так как она кратко, но ёмко говорит о системе символов, стоящей за образами Альмсиви в данмерской культуре, в частности, об отражении в их образах дихотомии Ану-Падомай\Акатош-Лорхан, а также о характерах самих Альмсиви и роли каждого из них в Трибунале. Так как я сосредотачиваю своё внимание именно на Альмсиви и их символизме, я не включила в коллаж четвертое предложение про землю и Хортатора:
 “всё остальное — это земля, под твоим временным управлением”.